八卦掌 Bagua Zhang – Eight Diagram Palm

     Bagua Zhang (Pa Kua Chang), pronounced ‘Baa Gwa Jung’, exclusively uses palm techniques in a continuous circular stepping pattern that seems to slide quickly along the ground with constantly changing fluid movements. The ‘Eight Diagrams’ are combinations of three broken or unbroken lines from the ancient Chinese text the Yi Jing (I Ching) ’Classic of Change’. These eight symbols represent all transformation in the universe and are an important part of Chinese cultural history.

     Around 150 years ago the art’s founder taught differing versions to his best students and various sub-styles evolved as a result. ‘Cheng style’, one of the most widely practiced today, utilises an open ‘dragon claw’ palm with hidden wrestling applications.

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Master Wang Deming with Baguadao ‘Eight Diagram Sabre’

Theory & Practice Tools

Classical Baguazhang Training Syllabus (pdf)

Guiding & Stretching (pdf)
Eight Diagrams (pdf)
Turning Palms Mother Palms (pdf)

Throwing & Wrestling (pdf)

Master Sun Zhijun in Tui Zhuan Zhang ‘Pushing Turning Palm’